Sacred music possesses a most powerful ability to connect with God and our faith, to pray more deeply, and to experience intangible beauty.  The goal of the music at St. Joseph’s Church is to offer this to everyone who enters this beautiful church. 

“Indeed, through this form [sacred music], prayer is expressed in a more attractive way, the mystery of the Liturgy, with its hierarchical and community nature, is more openly shown, the unity of hearts is more profoundly achieved by the union of voices, minds are more easily raised to heavenly things by the beauty of the sacred rites, and the whole celebration more clearly prefigures that heavenly Liturgy which is enacted in the holy city of Jerusalem.” (Musicam Sacram, 1967)

Please contact Music Director, Maria Balducci, if you are interested in becoming involved with the St. Joseph’s music program. music@st-josephs.org

The St. Joseph’s Pipe Organ

Hook & Hastings (Opus 1487, 1891)

Nave, Gallery, and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken November 2010.

The pipe organ at St. Joseph’s is a treasured piece of its history.  The 3-manual, 29 rank tracker action organ was built by Hook and Hastings in 1891, during the construction of  the present church. 

Specifications (Manuals, 58 notes; Pedal, 27 notes)

  • GREAT
  • 16 Open Diapason
  • 8 Open Diapason
  • 8 Doppel Flute
  • 4 Octave
  • 3 Twelfth
  • 2 Fifteeth
  • 1 1/3 Mixture III (174 pipes)
  • 8 Trumpet
  • SWELL (enclosed)
  • 16 Bourdon Bass
  • 16 Bourdon Treble
  • 8 Open Diapason
  • 8 Stopped Diapason
  • 8 Viola
  • 4 Flauto Traverso
  • 4 Violino
  • 1 1/3 Dolce Cornet III (174 pipes)
  • 8 Oboe & Bassoon
  • Tremelo
  • CHOIR (unenclosed)
  • 8 Geigen Principal
  • 8 Melodia
  • 8 Dulciana
  • 4 Flute d’Amour
  • 2 Piccolo
  • 8 Clarinet
  • PEDAL
  • 16 Open Diapason
  • 16 Bourdon
  • 8 Violincello

By Stopknobs: Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Choir to Pedal, Swell to Great, Choir to Great, Swell to Choir

The St. Joseph’s Choir

The St. Joseph’s Choir (Sundays, 10:30am Mass) is comprised of parish volunteers who love to sing, along with choir section leaders.  Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7:30pm-9pm.  The music encompasses the entirety of the Church’s rich history of sacred music, from centuries-old a cappella Gregorian chant to polyphony to new works by living composers.  All are invited to join the choir regardless of musical background!  The choir is a wonderful way to build community and friendship while deepening faith through creating beautiful music together.

Contact: Maria Balducci, Director of Music (music@st-josephs.org)

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